How To Make Your Site ‘Mobile’ Compatible
According to GSM Association there were over 2.4 billion mobile devices that were Internet compatible circulating the mobile networks by mid 2006. This means that cell phones are in the process of becoming one of the most used ways to not only communicate but to receive information. While sitting in traffic, waiting for the train, or at a meeting, one can check their email, sports stats, stocks, order products, and even get directions to a restaurant in seconds. To top it off, it all comes from your mobile device no bigger than your palm.
How It Came To Be
The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) granted .mobi as the suffix to Web sites designed for mobile phones, PDA’s, Blackberry’s and Sidekicks. Then 13 of the leading mobile and Internet organizations registered with Mobile Top Level Domain (mTLD) to begin access in May 2006. In no particular order five of the leading organizations are: Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Telecom and T-Mobile.
The idea boomed throughout other organizations and by March 2007 the .mobi domain names has increased to 400,000.
Before You Get Started, Keep In Mind
Before you get started keep in mind that these hand-held devices are decreasingly smaller than any PC or Mac screen. Therefore, less information will be available to be read on your mobile device. Web developers must choose and format the most important web information.
Check out the Worldwide Web Consortium’s Mobile Web Initiative and its “Mobile Web Best Practices” document. Additionally if you have compatible mobile phone contact your service provider find out how their .mobi site works.
Once you’re ready to test your mobile site try it out for analysis at http://ready.mobi/index.html
This is a great, new and exciting way to stay ahead of your competition. Open up to the new technologies of tomorrow for better business success.